Philip Hammond is set to make Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue exempt from VAT today, according to reports. The creation of national Scotland-wide institutions four years ago meant the two bodies continued to pay £35m a year in the tax, despite local services elsewhere in the UK being exempt.
Kezia Dugdale will not be suspended from the party over her decision to leave work to appear on a reality TV show, Scottish Labour has said. The former leader has joined the cast of ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here', in which television personalities undertake a gruelling stay in a Australian jungle. Senior Labour figures were angered by the decision, which was announced hours before the new party leader was unveiled and could lead to a fortnight off her duties as an MSP.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union will march on the Scottish Parliament tomorrow over plans to cut fire stations and staff, it has been announced. The trade union is reacting to papers circulated to senior Scottish Fire and Rescue Service management last month which show fire stations are to be closed and firefighter numbers cut. Scotland's fire chief Alasdair Hay has said the current model is "unsustainable". The FBU says the Scottish Government is understood to be ready to approve the cuts.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".